Raphael Hudson, 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship Quarter-Finalist
Raphael Hudson is a young tenor, presently studying with Gioacchino Li Vigni and Stephen Yalouris. Raphael previously studied as a baritone with Max Speed, Megan Evans OAM, James Christiansen OAM, and John Bolton Wood AM. In his youth in Brisbane he was a Cantor at St Stephen’s Cathedral and a member of the Opera Queensland Chorus. As a baritone, his principal roles included Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Escamillo (Carmen), Lord Mountararat (Iolanthe), Don Parmenione (L’occasione fa il ladro), Louis (Gustav Holst's The Wandering Scholar), Blansac (La scala di seta) for companies including Rockdale Opera, Sydney Theatre, Sydney Independent Opera and the National Youth Opera. In 2013, at the behest of acclaimed maestro Gioacchino Li Vigni, Raphael began the transition from baritone to tenor. In December 2013, and June-July 2014 Raphael was the recipient of scholarships to participate in the Mediterranean Opera Studio in New York and Sicily based intensives where he worked on transitioning to the tenor Fach with Maestri Nicola Martinucci, Salvatore Fisichella and Nelly Miricioiu.